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A Guide To Medical Marijuana

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Written by Neal Brown . Updated: July 7, 2022

Medical Marijuana – A Complete Guide

A Complete Guide To Medical Cannabis

Weed is one of the most genetically diverse plants to be found anywhere, so making a complete guide to medical cannabis is a big job. Though there is much research being conducted around the world, we are just starting to scratch the surface of what weed might actually be. We do know that certain cannabinoids perform certain functions and that effects vary across tested demographics. We also know that CBD or cannabidiol, is the best known and most widely grown of the active cannabinoids in cannabis. It is used in the treatment of many challenges, ranging from muscle aches and pains and overcoming anxiety to boosting the efficacy of certain cancer treatments. Though the cancer-fighting, anti-inflammatory and anxiolytic properties that CBD is most known for are remarkable, there is much more going on in the interactions between the different compounds present in pot. In order to form a complete picture, we must endeavor to understand what constitutes a medical need. We must also understand the effects cannabinoids and terpenes have at varying stages of development, as well as their interactions with each other. There is another side to medical cannabis, which for the past hundred years or so, has been considered recreational, and that’s THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol. We are just beginning to understand the important role this cannabinoid may have yet to play in combating depression, post-traumatic stress and other social disorders, and how it performs in combination with terpenes and cannabinoids such as CBD.

What Is Medical Marijuana?

In attempts to define medical marijuana, we must take a number of factors into account, including acute issues, secondary challenges, tertiary challenges and effects on one’s mental and emotional states. It must also include the economic, environmental, physical and emotional pressures the patient’s condition places on others and society as a whole. According to the US Federal Government, medical marijuana can be defined as any strain with less than 0.03% THC, and which has properties proven to benefit whatever malady, whether it be pain, tremors, cancer or other. Broader definitions may include a study of the differences between similar cases left untreated and those treated with an array of strains, the economic disparity between medical marijuana and prescribed treatments, and they may include data relating to increases or decreases in physical efficacy and mental capacity when using cannabis. Of course, anyone familiar with using cannabis responsibly will know that to exclude THC from the equation is to miss out on half the meds. All states have the right to regulate themselves as they see fit, and those more hip to how beneficial buds are in their fully mature form, have blanket legalization. However, there is still duality in the delineations, medicinal and recreational, and this must stop if we are to appreciate cannabis for the reality of all it is. Kind of like people, it doesn’t matter how red, gold or green that weed is, it has its own special purpose for being and its own special capacity to help.